If

  1. INTRODUCTION:

    1. THE WORD "IF":
      1. Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary tells us:
        1. It is a conjunction of a unique character that connects two thoughts of 
          supposition.
        2. Comment: Webster tells us: Supposition is laying down a hypothesis or
          assumption of facts that leads to a better understanding or knowledge the 
          truth.

        3. It is the introduction of a condition or supposition, that a change will occur when
          the specified condition or circumstance is brought into play.
      2. Greek:
        1. Ean, pronounced (eh-an'); A conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.;
          often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty; transalated: but, except, if.
        2. Ei, pronunced (i); a primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc..

      Comment: The work "if" is found in the O. T., 1015 times, and in the N. T., 604 times, for a
      total of 1619 all together.

    2. THERE ARE MANY "IFS" IN LIFE, AND THERE ARE MANY "IFS" IN RELIGION.
      1. If denotes that when that which follows it is done, it will bring about a change from that
        which was first stated.
      2. If we then can understand this in life, why can we not understand it in religion?
    3. CONSIDER SOME OF THESE "IFS" WITH ME FOR A FEW MINUTES:

  2. DISCUSSION:

    1. FIRST, A MAN WILL BE A GOOD PREACHER -- IF HE WARNS ABOUT THE
      DANGER OF APOSTASY.
    2. I Timothy 4:1-6 = "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some 
      shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
      Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
      Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath 
      created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
      For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with
      thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If thou put the
      brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus
      Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast
      attained.
      "

      1. God’s people have never remained faithful for long periods of time, and yet there is 
        but one faith. Ephesians 4:5 = "One Lord, one faith, one baptism."
      2. Preachers and teacher should contend earnestly for it.
      3. Jude 3-5 = "Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common
        salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye 
        should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the 
        saints.
          For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old
        ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God 
        into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus 
        Christ. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, 
        how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward
        destroyed them that believed not.
        "

      4. Each generation must be taught the will of God.

      1 Timothy 4:16 = "Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: 
      for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
      "

      Deuteronomy 6:7 = "And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and 
      shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the
      way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up
      ."  
      Deuteronomy 11:19
      = "And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when
      thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest 
      down, and when thou risest up.
      "

    3. THE LORD WILL DENY US -- IF WE DENY HIM:
    4. 2 Timothy 2:12 = "If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he 
      also will deny us:
      "

      Matthew 10:33 = "But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny 
      before my Father which is in heaven.
      "

    5. A PERSON’S RELIGION IS VAIN -- IF WE BRIDLE NOT OUR TONGUE:
    6. James 1:26 = "If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his 
      tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
      "

      James 1:19 = "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow 
      to speak, slow to wrath:
      "

      Leviticus 19:16 = "Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy 
      people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the 
      LORD
      .

      1 Peter 3:10 = "For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his 
      tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
      "

    7. IF WE HAVE RESPECT TO PERSONS, WE COMMIT SIN:
    8. James 2:9 = "But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of 
      the law as transgressors.
      "

      James 2:1- 4 = "My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord 
      of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with 
      a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 
      And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit 
      thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under 
      my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil
      thoughts?
      "

      1 Peter 1:17 = "And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons 
      judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in 
      fear:
      "

      Acts 10:34 = "Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God 
      is no respecter of persons:
      "

      Comment: God has respect for His Will and faith that comes from it, but not persons.

    9. FAITH ALONE IS DEAD -- IF IT HATH NOT WORKS:
    10. James 2:17 = "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone."

      James 2:19 = "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also
      believe, and tremble.
      James 2:24 = "Ye see then how that by works a man is 
      justified, and not by faith only.
      James 2:26 = "For as the body without the spirit 
      is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
      "

      Galatians 5:6 = "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor
      uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
      "

      John 12:42-43 = "Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; 
      but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out 
      of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
      "

    11. WHEN WE SPEAK ABOUT TOMORROW OR DOING THINGS IT SHOULD BE -- 
      IF THE LORD WILL:
    12. James 4:15 = "For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, 
      or that.
      "

      James 4:13-14 = "Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such 
      a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know 
      not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that
      appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
      "

      Comment: The rich fool made the mistake of not considering this. Luke 12:16-20 = "And 
      he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought 
      forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I
      have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull 
      down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my 
      goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years;
      take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this 
      night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which 
      thou hast provided?
      "

    13. "IF YE DO THESE THINGS YE SHALL NEVER FALL": [II Peter 1:10]
    14. Comment: "These things" are the things mentioned in the previous verses: - 
      2 Peter 1:5-11
      = "And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and 
      to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience
      and to patience godliness, And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly
      kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye
      shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
      But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten
      that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence 
      to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
      For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting
      kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
      "

      1. Christians can fall.
      2. 1 Corinthians 10:12 = "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed 
        lest he fall.
        "

        Hebrews 3:12 = "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart 
        of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
        "

        Galatians 5:4 = "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are
        justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
        "

        John 15:6 = "If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is
        withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are
        burned.
        "

      3. Christians can prevent falling IF we are faithful.
    15. IF WE WALK IN THE LIGHT AS CHRIST IS IN THE LIGHT: I John 1:7 "But if we 
      walk in the light, as he is in the light
      , we have fellowship one with another, and 
      the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
      "
      1. The shedding of Christ blood paid the price for our cleansing
      2. Hebrews 2:9 = "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels 
        for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the 
        grace of God should taste death for every man.
        "

      3. The cleansing requires that we walk in the light to be clean.

      John 8:12 = "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: 
      he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
      "

      Psalms 119:105 = "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."

    16. THE TRUTH IS NOT IN US -- IF WE SAY THAT WE HAVE NO SIN. 
      1 John 1:8
      = "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not 
      in us.
      "
    17. Romans 3:23 = "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"

      Genesis 8:21 = "And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his
      heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the 
      imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any 
      more every thing living, as I have done.
      "

      Comment: This put those that proclaim sinless perfection, or can not sin in a false teaching.

    18. A CHRISTIANS FORGIVENESS OF SINS IS POSSIBLE ONLY -- IF WE CONFESS
      OUR SINS:
    19. 1 John 1:9-10 = "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
      and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we
      make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
      "

      James 5:16 = "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye
      may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
      "

      Acts 8:22 = "Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the
      thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
      "

    20. KNOWING THAT WE KNOW THE LORD DEPENDS UPON -- IF WE ARE 
      KEEPING HIS COMMANDMENTS.
    21. 1 John 2:3 = "And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his
      commandments.
      "

      1. There is no supposing or guessing about it.
      2. 1 John 2:4-6 = "He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, 
        is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him 
        verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He 
        that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
        "

      3. Keeping the Lord’s commandments is how we prove our faith.

    James 2:18 = "Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith
    without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
    "

  3. CONCLUSION:

    1. SALVATION IS CONDITIONAL:
      1. If we follow God’s Word..
      2. If we believe God’s Word.
      3. If we repent of our sins.
      4. If we confess our faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Son.
      5. If we are buried in baptism for the remission of sins.
      6. If we walk faithfully in obedience to God’s Word till death.
    2. IF WE FAIL TO DO AS GOD’S WORD HAS SAID, IT WILL REJECT US IN THE
      LAST DAY [John 12:48-50].
    3. DO NOT LET YOUR LIFE FACE AN IF IN JUDGMENT:

Hearing the Lord say: "You could have entered into the heavenly mansion I have prepared, if you only had obeyed My Word".

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